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Eight UConn Professors Inducted into Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

By: Christine Buckley, Nan R. Cooper, & Carolyn Pennington

Distinguished professor-in-residence in electrical & computer engineering Anthony DeMaria, left, recipient of the 2013 CASE Distinguished Service Award, with new CASE members, from left, Nalini Ravishanker, professor of statistics, Suzy V. Torti, professor of molecular, microbial, and structural biology, Thomas J. Barber, professor-in-residence of mechanical engineering, and Robin Côté, professor of physics. Not shown are new members Wilson Chiu, professor mechanical engineering, Frank Torti, executive vice president for health affairs, J. Evan Ward, professor of marine sciences, and Mei Wei, professor of materials science and engineering. (Frank LaBanca for CASE)

Distinguished professor-in-residence in electrical & computer engineering Anthony DeMaria, left, recipient of the 2013 CASE Distinguished Service Award, with new CASE members, from left, Nalini Ravishanker, professor of statistics, Suzy V. Torti, professor of molecular, microbial, and structural biology, Thomas J. Barber, professor-in-residence of mechanical engineering, and Robin Côté, professor of physics. Not shown are new members Wilson Chiu, professor mechanical engineering, Frank Torti, executive vice president for health affairs, J. Evan Ward, professor of marine sciences, and Mei Wei, professor of materials science and engineering. (Frank LaBanca for CASE)

Eight University of Connecticut professors were inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) at an awards ceremony on May 22 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. The Academy recognizes Connecticut’s leading experts in sciences, engineering, and technology.

Of the 33 new members this year, eight were from UConn, including three from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, three from the School of Engineering, and two from the Health Center.

Election to the Academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence.

In addition, alumnus and distinguished professor-in-residence in electrical & computer engineering Anthony DeMaria ’56 (ENG), ’65 Ph.D., received the 2013 CASE Distinguished Service Award for his enduring contributions to the Academy as a charter member, fourth president, and past-president.

The new UConn members of CASE and their fields of expertise are as follows:

Thomas Barber has served as a professor-in-residence in mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering since 2000. He enjoyed a distinguished career with Pratt & Whitney and the United Technologies Research Center prior to joining the University. Barber is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a member of ASME, and he has served as an associate editor of the AIAA Journal for Propulsion and Power. His induction into CASE recognizes his contributions to computational fluid mechanics, his leadership in expanding and managing the professional Master of Engineering degree program, and oversight and expansion of the mechanical engineering senior design program.

Wilson Chiu is a professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering who is recognized for his pioneering work in heat and mass transfer, including his development of new approaches to understanding micro- and nano-structure induced transport phenomena in energy, photonics, and semiconductor materials. Chiu’s honors include the Rutgers University School of Engineering Medal of Excellence Award for Distinguished Young Alumni, the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, the U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. He is an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and theInternational Journal of Thermal Sciences.

Robin Côtéprofessor of physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his research group study the theory behind atomic, molecular, and optical physics in a variety of systems, and are particularly interested in ultracold atomic and molecular gases. His recent work has applications to quantum information science and ultracold chemistry. Côté is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and received the Cottrell Research Innovation Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. He was editor for the proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Atomic Physics and guest editor for Journal of Physics B. His work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.

Read more at UConn Today.


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